Why Women Struggle To Lose Weight
A lot of women feel like it’s more difficult for them to lose weight than it is for their male counterparts. Granted, our bodies are a bit different – but is it really that much more complicated for a female to burn fat than it is for a male?
As it turns out, this question is a bit more complicated than it might seem. In short, the answer is a yes… but maybe not as strong of a yes as some people might think.
Why does it seem more difficult for females to lose weight?
According to research that was conducted at the University of New South Whales, it seems that oestrogen might play a fairly significant role in what seems to be a paradox in the female’s ability to lose weight. On average, women have 6 to 11 percent more body fat than their male counterparts. Part of this might be because oestrogen actually reduces the female’s ability to burn energy after eating. This results in more body-fat being stored.
There are, after all, many evolutionary benefits to being able to store weight like this – but it seems to prove a nuisance to modern women who want to forgo extra fat-storage and drop some of the extra weight. When you look at things from a perspective of biology and energy-balance, men do have some advantages when it comes to weight loss. Men typically consume more calories than women, and women actually tend to burn more fat than men do during exercise – but at the same time, it’s more difficult for them to actually decrease their levels of body fat because of how their metabolism and fat-storage mechanisms are operating.
But this biological factor isn’t the only detail either. It might be a piece of the puzzle, but there is a chance that it’s not the only thing in place that tends to make women feel like they’re at a disadvantage when it comes to fitness and weight loss.
What other factors exist?
In some cases, women may tend to work more sedentary jobs. Take, for example, a female that works as a secretary or a teacher. The amount of calories that you burn during a day working a desk job or a job in education are significantly less than the amount of calories that you may burn if you work in construction or some other type of job that requires you to move around or lift heavy objects on a regular basis.
Granted, both types of work are tiring – and for a lot of women this might not be a factor, because both men and women work both types of jobs – but in cases where people (male or female) work a more sedentary job, it will become much more difficult to reach weight loss goals unless extra efforts are made to create a calorie deficit.
Diet is also a major factor to consider. Both men and women, however, can struggle with weight loss if they don’t get control of their caloric intake. You can only burn so many calories in a day. And yet, in our modern, westernized culture, we tend to eat a lot of fast, fried, and fatty foods. This type of diet can spell disaster for weight loss. Eating a clean, healthy diet and drinking lots of water will do more to aid weight loss than anything else.
Information! If you work out a lot but still drink a lot of soda or eat a lot of fast food, then there’s a good possibility that you’re still not creating enough of a calorie deficit to make much of a difference.
What does it take to actually burn fat?
In theory, it takes about 3,500 calories to equal a pound of body weight. In order to lose one pound, you need to somehow create a calorie deficit of 3,500 calories. Let’s just say, for example, that your daily routine burns 2,000 calories on its own – without the need to exercise. If your daily caloric intake usually consists of about 2,000 calories, then you will stay at your current weight.
But if you decrease your daily caloric intake by 300 calories, and also exercise enough to burn another 300 calories per day, then you will begin to see a calorie deficit of 600 calories per day. At this rate, you would, in theory, lose a pound of body weight roughly every 6 days or so.
Creating a calorie deficit is going to be the key to dropping that extra weight – and while it might technically be a bit more difficult for females to drop stored body weight than men, the math doesn’t lie. The fact of the matter is that your energy needs to come from somewhere – and if you create a calorie deficit, there is nothing for your body to do but to slowly begin to burn away the fat that it has stored away – which will result in shed pounds and a slimmer, healthier body.